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Guest Blogger!

I don’t know if there is a ‘proper’ way in the blogging world to host a Guest blogger, but this is how I’m doing it!

I would like to introduce you to Arianna and her fun filled article about summer fun when you have a budget that is a little less than that of a Celebrity 🙂

A Celebrity Summer For Your Family!

     As summer has arrived, so have some of the busiest days of the year!

My friends and I sometimes daydream about what it would be like to have a summer switched with one of our favorite celebrity’s. Instead of arranging schedules and driving kids everywhere, we would fly in private jets to remote beaches, drink mimosas and discuss the latest gossip in designer bikinis and sundresses. That may not happen, but discussing the celebrity life sparked our imaginations. What about creating a summer for our families modeled after celebrities and their lives? Quick brainstorming brought about some fantastic ideas. So here are 3 ways that you and your families can create some fun and glitzy summer memories!

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CELEBRITY SUMMER: ALBUM RELEASE PARTIES- As artists like Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé and U2 are partying it up with their new album releases, fans are roaring in anticipation. Concerts are taking over cities across the countries and these popular musicians will be flying from country to country via a pricey private jet, to meet their adoring audience! With brand new music and exciting performances, this summer is sure to be a hot one- on the radio and off!

REALITY SUMMER: DANCE OFF! – It may not be a standing-room-only concert with screaming fans, but your family and friends can have your own fun with an amateur dance-off! Encourage everyone to prepare a song and dance to perform! You can even set everyone up into teams (be fair by evenly dividing up ages and talent) and give them time to prepare and perform a team number. Let everyone vote for the winner, and have some good music related prizes like iTunes gift cards or fun colored headphones!

CELEBRITY SUMMER: ELLE STYLE AWARDS– Most award ceremonies celebrate singing or acting talent, but this awards show is always a fantastic venue for some of the most fashionable and trendy designers, as well as their products. Setting the standard for what is hot and what is not, celebrities and models bling out with different styles and hopefully avoiding the “what not to wear” lists!

REALITY SUMMER: CLOTHING/ACCESSORY SWAP PARTY– What says girl time better than being surrounded by racks of clothes? Have every gal go through their closets and bring out those rarely or never worn items and accessories for a swap party! As you gather together to swap accessories, dresses, pants, shirts and purses, have some refreshments and girl talk for the perfect, money-free shopping spree!

CELEBRITY BABY BIRTHDAY PARTY: MASON’S 2ND BIRTHDAY– When Kourtney Kardashian’s little one Mason turned 2 years old, his birthday party sure was a smashing hit. Surrounded by a Thomas the Train Engine theme, the party crew took a trip to Serendipity for lunch and paid a visit to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum! Little Mason must enjoy having such a doting mother!

REALITY BABY BIRTHDAY PARTY: DIY “ARTY” PARTY– Give the little ones a great way to commemorate their early years by having a paint party! Make a “Create Station” for them complete with a protective tarp, and put out things like finger paint and play dough for the children to have fun with! Getting messy has never been more fun! Don’t forget to colorfully complete it with a confetti cake and sherbet!

Though it may not be through record deals, paparazzi coverage or the finest restaurants, there are so many ways for us mothers to create some wonderful summer memories that are original, creative, and can last a lifetime!

Arianna is a full-time mom and a fashion-lover, world traveler, animal lover, and family woman extraordinaire. She loves to cook and bake, travel to new places, share great fashion finds, and spend time doing crafts and projects at home with her kids. She’s got a crazy busy life, but she wouldn’t have it any other way! Follow her blog at http://ariannaknowsbest.blogspot.com/!

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Cable and peanut butter

Its Tuesday night (I think). My husband is on duty at the Coast Guard base. Dylan is in bed. I decided to enjoy my night alone (kinda) by watching a movie and having dessert that I don’t have to share in bed (mwahahah!)

What actually happened is I got distracted by flipping through all our new channels. (We got Cable baby!) I saw that ‘Grown Ups’ was going to be on at 8pm. So I sat on the couch and watched whatever was on that channel till 8pm, so I wouldn’t forget about the movie.

I then wanted my dessert, but found some pretty dessert-bare cupboards. What we did have was animals crackers and peanut butter. Works for me!

So now during commercials, I am browsing channels and munching on my animal crackers, feeling very much like an adult.. And I have never know of kittens to beg as much as ours do! They are looking at me as if they have never had food. Ever. But they are soo cute! So I kinda want to give them peanut butter… but I won’t.

So now that the movie is over, I want to be friends with Adam Sandler and Kevin James, I want to get chocolate wasted everyday, and I wouldn’t mind having the body of Salma Hayak.

So I think tomorrow is Wednesday.. my days are so blurred.. its been a lot of pool, beach, beach, pool. Its tough not having a job! As much as I would LOVE to become a professional beach bum (I would be DARN good at it!), Ive heard that it doesn’t pay that well. So I’m on the job hunt. I need a job. I need friends. I have friends, I need friends in Alameda. I need connections in Alameda. Who lives in Alameda and wants to be my friend?

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We made it!

Another day of driving, crossed the Oregon/ California state line, we made it to Cali!!!

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What’s Love?

Whats Love got to do with it, Got to do with it?…  What is Love? Baby don’t hurt me, Don’t hurt me no more… As long as you Love me. 

Thank you Tina Turner, Night at the Roxbury and Justin Beiber.. (did I really just THANK the Beibs?!)

Lately I have been thinking a lot about Love. Not because tomorrow is Valentines Day, but it just seems to have been popping up lately.

I LOVE my best friend. I LOVE my morning coffee. I LOVE my car. I LOVE my child. Even though I feel LOVE for all of these, It isn’t all the same Love. Love isn’t simple. Love is expressed in so many ways.

I have been listening to a book on tape (great for my morning and evening commutes!) by Bob Goff. It is titled  Love Does. The story that I heard this morning was about a young man named Ryan who was head over heels in Love with his girlfriend. He was so crazy in Love that he asked a complete stranger if he could use his backyard as the backdrop for his wedding proposal. The stranger recognized this Crazy Love and agreed. Ryan then asked if he and his girlfriend could use their deck for dinner before he proposed. The stranger agreed. In the end, the stranger had let Ryan use his deck for dinner and dancing and took the young couple out on his boat for an evening sail. The Love that Ryan had and the excitement that took over him had taken this stranger by storm. The story ends with Ryan’s proposal on the stranger’s boat on a beautiful starry night.. topped off with water cannons, that the stranger had set up to add to the magic and excitement of the evening. The stranger was Bob Goff. In this story he explains how Ryan’s, almost idiotic, Crazy Love was contagious, and he was so happy to say ‘Yes’ to Ryan’s requests. Yes, I teared up a bit in the car, I am a SUCKER for stories like this! Oh, By the way, Ryan’s girlfriend said ‘Yes’ 🙂

Bob says ‘Love is never stationary’. It isn’t something that just sits there, waiting. It’s an active, mental, emotional, physical thing. You have to do something with it, for it. Saying ‘I love you’ or that you Love something is almost an empty act. Doing something for Love is what proves your point. Doing something every time isn’t always necessary. (I know I don’t need a dozen roses every time I hear “I Love you”)

Love is so strong. It is so powerful. I don’t fully know it. I’m sure lots of people don’t understand it.

As a mother, I have learned to Love deeply. The Love I have for my child is a greater Love than I could ever imagine. As I tuck him in and kiss him goodnight, I tell him “I love you”. And the response I get is “Love you too, mom!” Just hearing that melts my heart. I can’t even explain to him how my heart hurts from all the Love I have for him.  

I enjoying Loving. I enjoy being Loved. I look forwards to learning how to Love more. 

In conclusion, I would LOVE to have another cup of coffee 🙂

“In the end, love doesn’t just keep thinking about it or keep planning for it. Simply put: love does” -Bob Goff

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Donuts, roses, and a pinata

Happy February!

Yesterday at work was a CHALLENGE! Our computers were down and we had to schedule all our appointments on paper.. I work in the scheduling center for a large pediatrics group. We have 7 clinics.. we had to schedule for ALL 7 clinics on paper!!    “oh that doesn’t sound so bad.”  *evil death glare activated*

This morning I brought my staff donuts to say thank you for all their hard work yesterday. I have been staring at the donuts, smelling their sweet goodness, craving the sprinkles.. But being good and eating my banana instead. Since I started Paleo 3 weeks ago, I am down 10 lbs! I can’t give up now! But oh man.. I want a donut.

Back tracking to last weekend: Baby Daddy Drama. Enough said. My weekend with my boyfriend was cut short and I was extremely upset. Boyfriend to the rescue! He came over the next morning with a dozen red roses 🙂 I immediately was in a better mood. I would have accepted a donut at that point as well.

Tomorrow is Dylan’s birthday party!! We are having a Lego Pizza party!  To save some bucks, I made the pinata! (see photo below) The kids will also get to make their own mini pizzas using Pillsbury Grands Biscuits, shredded  mozzarella and cheddar cheese, mini pepperoni and pizza sauce. Each kid will get to press and shape their ‘dough’  flat, then spread their sauce and add desired cheese and pepperoni. Popped into the oven for a bit and TA DA! Mini pizza! They will also then frost and decorate their own cupcakes. It’s a very hands on party 🙂 So as I am helping Dylan with his pizza, I will be eating my carrot sticks. Wishing I had a donut.

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TGIF and Happy SuperBowl weekend!!

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2 week weigh in

Happy Friday! TGIF! Yay for the weekend!

I am 2 weeks into Paleo. Once again I was on that scale this morning. The numbers went down again!

I happened to have a doctor’s appointment this morning, when Doc asked about my diet “Are you getting enough fruits and veggies?” I chuckled. That is all I’m eating! Not really, I’m eating eggs and meat too.. She asked about my calcium intake… “uhhhhhmmmm It could be better..?”

I did get turned on to the brand SO Delicious, which is dairy free. Coconut milk, almond milk, yogurt, ice cream, and coffee creamer! I’ve only tried the coconut milk, coconut milk yogurt, and the coconut milk creamers. I’ve become a fan! Doc said that the coconut milk should have enough calcium in it, especially the yogurt. She recommended that I take multivitamins, along with additional vitamin D. I said “Yep, I do every day!” I’m a really good patient 🙂

So now that I have been granted a clean bill of health and the scale doesn’t moan when I step on it, I am going to enjoy my Starbucks triple shot SOY latte. Oh the happiness of dieting rewards 🙂

Have a GREAT weekend! And don’t forget to take your vitamins!

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1 Week Weigh In

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Last Friday morning I stood on the scale. If I was going to do Paleo, I wanted to be able to track some results! This morning I got back on that same scale. THE NUMBER WENT DOWN!! BY 5!! I stepped off.. and got back on. IT WAS STILL THE LOWER NUMBER! Hot Dang! This Paleo thing is amazing!

I know you are supposed to eat right, drink lots of water and excersize to lose weight. Well I have been a lazy bum the last week. Not a single sit up, push up, lunge, squat, or step on the treadmill. I have always been active. I love playing sports, working out, getting my sweat on. But when its cold and foggy and icy outside (gotta love the Seattle winters!), I want to be lazy!

I want to lay in bed and watch Sons of Anarchy on Netflix! I want to wear my pajamas all weekend!

Paleo was something that I wanted to do to challenge myself. I am giving up some of my favorite items! Cheese, bread, pasta, all processed food and sugar! Now that I have seen the powers of the Paleo diet, I feel like I need to jump on board ALL the way, and not just dangle lazily off the side munching on my carrot sticks. Im not going to set a goal for the number of reps or miles or sit ups I do, but I am going to do some. (Maybe not everyday- as I still enjoy being lazy in the winter)

This ‘Little Challenge’ I chose to do, is turning into a full blown THING!

On a different note, my budgeting project is going well 🙂

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Berrilicious!

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Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries for days!

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Mmmmm coffee!

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Paleo- day 4

I intended to start my Paleo adventure on Friday. But failed when I decided that I wanted one more carb filled meal for dinner!
So Saturday was day 1 of PALEO!!! I did… good. Sunday I had a teensy tiny couple of chips during the Seahawks game. I was anxious! It was an amazing comeback! (And I didn’t bring Paleo approved snacks with me to the Football Party..I need to remember to do that from now on!)

I am just loving all the fruit and veggies I get to eat! I am not having a problem with the salads, eggs, and fruit. But ooohhh I would kill for a glass of milk!

Im cutting back on the amount of coffee I’m consuming in the mornings, and adding in lots of herbal tea and water! I feel like a fish.

I can already feel a difference. I don’t feel bloated or ‘heavy’. Im satisfied after I eat, and not at all disappointed that I didn’t get to eat the cheesecake sitting on the kitchen counter..

I would love to get some Paleo friendly recipes or snacks that you have found and enjoy!

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